Sify reported today that President Pratibha Patti greeted her nation with an intense hope for increased prosperity as India gets ready to celebrate the five-day religious ceremony of Diwali, the festival of lights. It represents the victory of good over evil.
Vice President Ansari noted the festive mood led to hope for a result of “peace, prosperity, and happiness.” Prime Minister Singh added that Diwali symbolized hope over despair, and a common theme of success for all. President Obama is visiting India on Saturday in an attempt to secure better relations and stimulate U. S. jobs.
Epoch Times, meanwhile, reported that Obama lit a lamp in honor of Diwali, saying the holiday represents the triumph of good over evil. It is a faith that Obama does not belong to. I feel that arriving in India to conduct business during a holy ceremony, and lighting a lamp in his own country in honor of that ceremony, is extremely disrespectful to India and the United States, similar to those examples in “The Ugly American.”
India wants to continue to enjoy the economic surge that has taken place due to outsourced former American jobs. The citizens of India will see Obama’s visit as either evil coming to claim jobs back for his people, or good coming to sanctify those already given and offer more.
While in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), Obama will be silently evaluating the economic status in India to determine if it is financially secure. I do not believe he has considered calling outsourced jobs back; I believe he hopes their rising economy will create a demand for US exports, thus increasing American businesses, employment opportunities, and belief in his own commitment to the United States and its citizens.
The Seattle Times commented on India’s status as the world’s largest democracy. The location and size of population make India a great ally and a fierce deterrent to any hostile action by China. U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs William Burns has confirmed that continued trade and good relations with India is in our strategic interest. India depends on the jobs outsourced to them for financial security.
Again, arriving during a holy celebration such as Diwali creates anxiety on both sides of the world. Good against evil is such a deeply ingrained belief in many people. Good and evil cannot be compromised; one must be destroyed and the other prevail.
What India wants
India wants Obama to endorse its bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, eliminate increases in United States immigration fees for its citizens, and move India from a list limiting the purchase of U. S. defense technology.
What American Companies want
U.S. companies want to sell India military equipment, creating new jobs for unemployed Americans. They also want India to lighten liability laws so U.S. companies can start on projects that a 2008 US-India-civilian nuclear deal was supposed to create.
What the President’s aides want
Presidential aides do not want Obama stopping at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, although he had indicated it was planned. They want to avoid Obama being photographed in the obligatory head covering. The rumor that Obama is a Muslim still prevails, and they do not want any additional backlash from this visit.
What Obama wants
President Obama indicates he wants India to expand the markets for foreign investment and agriculture, increasing American businesses by selling more goods, therefore creating more U.S. jobs. In short, all four are depending on the good will of each other to bring about success.
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